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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ bullpen makes headlines for wrong reasons + more Nats links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of this afternoon’s series finale in Citi Field...

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Another day, another bullpen implosion. Maybe Max Scherzer can just throw a complete game this afternoon? Scherzer and the Nationals go for a series win today in the finale in Citi Field. While you wait for that to start, go read your links... lots and lots of bad bullpen links...

NATS BEAT:

Eighth inning dooms Nationals again in 6-5 loss to Mets - (MASN)
"They’ve had chances to win just about every game, but as was the case today during a gut-wrenching 6-5 loss to the Mets, they’ve left several potential victories on the table."

Nats' bullpen can't find 'best stuff' late - (MLB.com)
"The Nationals bullpen entered the day with the worst ERA in the Majors at 9.64, which rose to 10.02 after Saturday's meltdown."

Bullpen blunders doom Nationals again: Mets rally in eighth inning for a 6-5 win - (WaPost)
"The Nationals have given up 17 runs in their first seven eighth innings of the season. And, in turn, they are 3-4 with a bullpen issue that already has lingered too long."

New names, same result from bullpen in disastrous eighth - (MASN)
"Seven batters faced. Four hits allowed. Two of those homers. Plus a double, a hit batter and an RBI single that proved to be the death blow in the Mets’ 6-5 victory..."

Stuck on repeat, Nationals bullpen blows yet another game - (NBC Sports Washington)
"[Justin] Miller’s appearance was his third in four days. He was pitching where [Trevor] Rosenthal had been expected to before the season began."

With Trea Turner out, Victor Robles' batting order spot set - (MLB.com)
"In his first six games, Robles is batting .300/.364/.750 with two home runs while hitting ninth in the Nats lineup, including a solo home run Thursday afternoon against Noah Syndergaard."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Fantasy baseball closer depth chart - (ESPN)
"[Trevor] Rosenthal did not pitch well during the Nationals' season-opening series, which could open up the primary setup role to competition from Kyle Barraclough or Tony Sipp."

These 6 teams need Kimbrel the most - (MLB.com)
"Washington's bullpen has some outrageous numbers through the first full week of games, featuring three relievers with double-digit ERAs and another with a mark of infinity."

Strikeouts, weather and showmen are ruining baseball for fans - (New York Post)
"[Trea Turner] had his right hand wrapped around the barrel of the bat rather than cradling it with his fingers unexposed — the way Little Leaguers are taught and big leaguers forget or never knew."